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Thursday, 21.10.10
THOUGHT: Where are the Windows Phone 7 Notifications and Live Tiles? Anywhere in the Cloud!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, the company was very proud to be different with its new smartphone operating system. And one highlights Microsoft highlighted during its presentation in Barcelona as well as later during other events was the idea that Windows Phone 7 will be way more alive and interactive than other mobile operating systems. The idea was pretty easy explained - instead of just having static shortcuts to applications, these shortcuts - called Live Tiles - should inform the user that status updates are available, for whatever the application behind the shortcut stands for. From message updates to weather updates to news updates to available application updates.

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Wednesday, 08.09.10
KNOWLEDGE: How Smartphone Firmware Updates are Developed, Tested and Rolled-Out
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Mostly all of today's mobile operating systems make it easy for the end user to keep a smartphone up-to-date to the latest firmware version and either handset manufactures, operating system providers or carriers can offer new features through firmware updates or simply fix bugs from the previous version. Furthermore, firmware updates allow upgrades to the next operating system version without forcing the user to buy a new handset. However, in the early days of mobile phones, devices haven't received too many updates at all and customers weren't too keen to update their devices, especially since these phones weren't smartphones at all and there was no real reason to update the firmware anyway.

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Tuesday, 03.08.10
THOUGHT: First-hand quality-time with Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Two weeks ago, I've suspended my Tuscany vacation because I had the chance to meet Greg Sullivan, Redmond-based Microsoft Senior Product Manager for Windows Phone 7, for a discussion about the current state of Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming launch. As you can imagine, Greg was unable to confirm any release dates but we had a quite open and honest discussion about the Windows Phone 7 platform, the market outlook and the competitive environment. Unfortunately, the meeting location wasn't good enough to do some high-quality video recordings of Windows Phone 7 itself (see video bellow) but there a plenty of videos online anyway and even more important was the discussion we had!

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Thursday, 24.06.10
THOUGHT: Is T-Mobile Germany's Apple iPhone Monopoly finally at an End?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, from today, Apple's new iPhone 4 is officially on sale in the U.S. and parts of Europe and all around, friends and folks are queuing in front of the stores to get an iPhone. However, if you know me, you know that I'm not a big fan of the iPhone at all and while there's not too much wrong with iPhone (except that Apple is ignoring some of the well established GSMA and 3GPP standards like MMS for the first iPhone or UMTS video telephony for the upcoming iPhone 4), I prefer more open platforms like Windows Phone, Android or webOS. Nevertheless, since I've worked in the mobile industry for many years and running the::unwired, a good amount of my (German) friends recently asked me if they should purchase an iPhone 4 or not.

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Monday, 07.06.10
THOUGHT: Bluetooth Car Kits and Smartphones - Still somewhat Useful but too often Painful
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you are a long time follower of the::unwired, you know that I'm a big fan of Bluetooth and its possibilities; and if you follow me on Twitter, you also know that I recently purchased a new car. For sure I ordered my car with an inbuilt Bluetooth car kit and since I'm changing my mobile phones too often, and too often I'm using mobile phones which aren't supporting the Remote SIM Access Profile (rSAP), I've decided to go with the basic Hands-Free Profile (HFP) Bluetooth system only. Additionally, the car is also equipped with an inbuilt GPS navigation system (Audi MMI plus) and I somewhat expected that the Bluetooth car kit and the GPS navigation works together, which they do - theoretically.

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